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in the thousand years, and what they will meet
* SERMON XVI.
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of heaven, after the new heaven and earth are crea-
prophecies, as a light shining in a dark place, until
II PETER, 1, 19, 20, 21,“ We have also a more sure word of
prophecy; whereunto je do well that ye take heed, as unto La light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn,
and the day:ftar arise in your hearts. Knowing this fird, ihat in prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpre. tation. For the prophecy came riot in old time by the will of man ; but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost."
L HE fubject before me, contained in these verses, is great, and important, and worthy of being attended too by every lover of Jesus. With all the light I have received from the scriptures, and from the wri. ings of those who have searched the prophecies, I feel a dill dence, while looking through the scene of prophecies concerning what has taken place, is now fulfilling, and will be accomplished, when “the mystery of God ihall be finished, as he hath declared to his servants the pro. phets."
The apostle Peter in these verses, considers the pro. phecies the sure word, as it respects what had already taken place, and as to what could be hereafter.
These words contain three particulars, which I shall attend too in the following Sermons.
I. Explain the meaning of the wordPROPHECY.
III. The duly enjoined on all, which is, to take heed to it, until the day shall dawn, and the day siar arise. ,
J. The meaning of the word-PROPHECY.
The original meaning of this word is, foretelling future events, or making a thing known before it is seen. This can only be done by him, who can declare the end from the begin ing; and those to whom God reveals future things. This is the account given of prophecy in the text:" Holy men fpake, moved by the Holy Ghost”. The apostle has made particular mention of some of the prophecies delivered by the prophets, concerning the lufferings of Christ and the glory which should follow. It was revealed to them that Christ should suffer and be glorified, and, that others should see what they knew would come to pass, and that they should not see the things which the apostles faw. I Peter i. 10, U, 12, “Of which falvation the prophets have enquired and searched diligently, who prophecied of the grace that should come unto you, searchipg what, or what manner of time, the fpirit. of Christ which was in them did Gignify, when it testified before-hand the sufferings of Christ, and the glory this should follow ; unto whom it was revealed, that not unto themselves, but unto us, they did minifter the things which are now reported unto you by them that have preached the gospel unto you with the Holy Ghof fent down from heaven; which things the angels desire to look into."
Were there no prophecies in the scriptures, fulfilled, we might doubt the truth of those which are yet to be accomplillied. There are multitudes which have been fulfilled with the greatest exactness, others which are fulfiling in our day; and there is no room left to doubt bei all will finly comu to pass in the most exact order.
The prophecies concerning Jesus Christ from the time he was born until he was taken up into heaven, are aftolling; and were accomplished in the most literal funt,id this is the most certain way to understand the i recies yet to be fulflied.
If the prophecies do not mean as they say, I cannot fee how they are a light shining in a dark place.
The prophecies concerning Jesus Christ have certainly been fulfilled in the most plain and literal sense.' This may serve as a rule to understand those which are yet to be accomplished.
The account of his birth was literal, or it meant as it faid ; though it seemed impoflible that a virgin should conceive and bear a son, yet it was so, according to what Isaiah said, Chap. vii. 14, “ Behold a virgin Mall conceive and bear a fon, and thall call his name EMMANU. El.” This is a fample of tlie whole if the prophecies concerning Chrift.
The purphecies which Christ and the apostles deliverał concerning the Jews and other nations, have been lullilled according to the plain letter of the word, and the preli' ent fituation of ihe Jews is a proof of ih truth of the prophecies, and cannot be denied by those who will ac. knowledge the truth of what is plain in our d.ly to every observer. I might mention the prophecies of the overthrow of Nineveh, Babylon, Tyre, and other places, which have been fulfilled exactly according to the words of prophecy, but this is not needful in this work.
The prophecies yet to be fulfilled, and which will come to pass in the same manner the others have, ros: pect a number of great and glorious events, pliinly re. vealed, and recorded in the scriptures of truth; and may be summed up in the following particulars :
1. The promises made to Abraham, Ifaac, and jacob, concerning the land of Canaan. 2. The covenant made with their posterity at Mount Sinai. 3. The new covenant which God will make with the poterity of Abraham in the latter days. 4. The return of the Jews to the land of Canaan. 5. The appearance of Jesus Christ on the mount of Olives after the return of the Jews. 6. The thousand years of Christ's reign upon the earth, 7. What will then take place in the world. 8. The temporal and spiritual blessings which will then be enjoy. ed. 9. The holy house which will then be built in the land of Canaan. 10. The flourishing state of die land